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Donald Trump would be world's only national leader to reject climate science

Sierra Club report finds science of climate change accepted by leaders of every country recognized by US – including Bashar al-Assad and Kim Jong-un<p>Donald Trump would be the only national leader in the world to dismiss the science of climate change should he become president, putting him out of …

Kim Jong-un

Honda unveils first hybrid motor without heavy rare earth metals

Honda pledged to reduce its use of rare earth metals a decade ago, and the automaker took another step towards that goal this week. It unveiled its new hybrid motor that was co-developed alongside Daido Steel, another Japan-based company. The new motor doesn't use heavy rare earth metals like …

US government plans to use drones to fire vaccine-laced M&Ms near endangered ferrets

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has a plan to save the endangered black-footed ferret, and it involves candy. The agency has proposed delivering vaccines to a ferret colony in Montana using drones capable of shooting vaccine-laced M&M's, <i>The Guardian</i> reports.<p>According to the USFWS, the …

A genetic link between red hair, freckles and skin cancer

Whether you call them gingers, the devil's spawn or just-plain sexy, be sure to call redheads out of the sun because along with their fiery tresses comes a powerful propensity to develop melanoma, a particularly deadly form of skin cancer.<p>And now, scientists are beginning to uncover why redheads — …

Genetics

Sharing Your Netflix Password Is Now a Federal Crime

On July 5th , the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion which found, in part, that sharing passwords is a crime prosecutable under …

Game of Thrones

A 'slow catastrophe' unfolds as the golden age of antibiotics comes to an end

In early April, experts at a military lab outside Washington intensified their search for evidence that a dangerous new biological threat had penetrated the nation's borders.<p>They didn't have to hunt long before they found it.<p>On May 18, a team working at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research …

Microbiology

Warner Bros. settles with FTC for not disclosing it paid PewDiePie, YouTubers

Is a PewDiePie video a commercial or an independent review? That's what the Federal Trade Commission wants to make sure Warner Bros. Home Entertainment makes clear after settling with the agency over charges of not disclosing who they paid to advertise a 2014 video game.<p>Warner Bros. was slammed by …

Internet

'Frankenstein' Galaxy Surprises Astronomers

About 250 million light-years away, there's a neighborhood of our universe that astronomers had considered quiet and unremarkable. But now, …

Astronomers Just Discovered a Morse Code Message in The Dunes of Mars

Not aliens.<p>NASA has spotted a series of strange, dark dunes on Mars that look uncannily like the dots and dashes that make up Morse code.<p>This isn't …

Pokémon Go: armed robbers use mobile game to lure players into trap

Missouri suspects used app’s geolocation feature to target ‘unwitting victims’, says police after another incident saw game lead player to dead body<p>Armed robbers used the game Pokémon Go to lure victims to an isolated trap in Missouri, police reported on Sunday.<p>At about 2am in O’Fallon, Missouri, …

Pokémon Go

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A Robot May Soon Fix Your Car

When faced with a tricky automotive repair, Jamie Ludolph used to turn to a tome-like service manual. Today at the Atlanta car dealership where …

Social Security's Got an $11.4 Trillion Problem

Image source: Flickr user Pedro Ribeiro Simones.<p>Social Security's trustees recently issued their annual report and in it were startling revelations about the program that every current and would-be retiree ought to know. Among a slate of stunning statistics packed into this report, perhaps the most …

Killer robot used by Dallas police opens ethical debate

When Dallas police used a bomb-carrying robot to kill a sniper, they also kicked off an ethical debate about technology's use as a crime-fighting …

Suspect's friends, family shocked by Tennessee shooting

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Friends and family of a black Army veteran accused of shooting at passing cars and police on a Tennessee highway are struggling …

Robots are set to take the jobs of millions of Asian workers in the coming years

In the next few decades, about 56% of all salaried workers in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam could be displaced by automation and advanced technologies, such as 3D printing. That’s the conclusion of an extensive series of new studies by the International Labour …

Clothing

Scientists Fit Hundreds of Megabytes of Data onto DNA

The most durable storage in history is in our own bodies.<p>Researchers at the University of Washington, working with Microsoft, have encoded 202 megabytes of data onto synthetic DNA molecules. In a breakthrough for storage, researchers fit more than a hundred books, the Universal Declaration of Human …

Use of police robot to kill Dallas shooting suspect believed to be first in US history

Police’s lethal use of bomb-disposal robot in Thursday’s ambush worries legal experts who say it creates gray area in use of deadly force by law enforcement<p>For what experts are calling the first time in history, US police have used a robot in a show of lethal force. Early Friday morning, Dallas …

Law Enforcement

Dallas shooting suspect stated he wanted to 'kill white officers'

Bomb making materials discovered at home of Micah Johnson, sniper who killed five police officers and injured seven others<p>Desperate pleas for unity and calm reverberated around the US after five police officers were killed and seven injured when a sniper opened fire on a peaceful protest in Dallas, …

George Takei says the decision to make Sulu gay is 'really unfortunate'

George Takei did not want "Star Trek Beyond's" Sulu to be gay?<p>Oh my. While news broke today that "Star Trek Beyond" will feature an openly gay Hikaru Sulu in a nod to original Sulu actor George Takei, it turns out Takei was never actually on board with this development.<p>To be clear, the long-time …

Star Trek

With gold and rat heart cells, scientists make a robot stingray

Here's a critter that would be a showstopper in your aquarium: By layering rat heart cells over a gold skeleton, scientists have built tiny swimming artificial stingrays that can be driven and guided by light.<p>These little ray-bots, described in the journal Science, may offer insight into building …

Gold assets top 2,000 tons as the clamour for havens grows louder

Global gold holdings topped 2,000 metric tons for the first time since July 2013 as the fallout from the U.K.'s vote to quit the European Union fuses with rising speculation that U.S. rates won't rise any time soon to fire up a hunt for haven assets. Prices continued their ascent as miners …

Exclusive: Why Microsoft is betting its future on AI

After losing on mobile, can Microsoft win the next battle?<p>In January, <i>The Verge</i> described the tech industry's search for the killer bot. In the months that followed, companies big and small have accelerated their development efforts. Facebook opened up a bot development platform of its own, running …

Artificial Intelligence

Comey says FBI did not 'give a hoot about politics' in Clinton email investigation

FBI Director James Comey on Thursday vigorously defended his decision not to file criminal charges over Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, at times lecturing incredulous Republican lawmakers on the fine line between being careless and committing a crime.<p>The hearing before the House …

Government

Head chef fired for bragging about feeding meat to vegans on Instagram

A hotel chef has been fired after bragging on his Instagram account about how he enjoyed secretly feeding meat to vegans.<p>Alex Lambert was fired from his job as head chef at the Littleover Lodge Hotel in Derby, when it was discovered he had claimed it was a "personal favourite" thing to feed meat …

This innovation could change space travel forever

In the final hours of Monday, July 4, NASA's Juno spacecraft completed a tricky maneuver with pinpoint accuracy, and in doing so, became the second …

Massive 'lava lamp' blobs deep inside Earth have scientists puzzled

Two continent-size blobs of hot — and possibly molten — rock can be found deep underground, about halfway to the center of the Earth, according to a new study. These curious structures — each of which is so large that it would be 100 times taller than Mount Everest — could be made up of materials …

Samsung unveils world's first UFS memory cards — the successor to microSD

What comes after microSD cards for removable storage? Samsung has the answer: UFS. The company announced today the world's first removable UFS (Universal Flash Storage) memory cards, offering storage capacity of either 32, 64, 128, or 256 gigabytes, and performance speeds that simply blow older …

Phones

Snapchat introduces Memories: a searchable, shareable archive of your snaps

Chat history<p>At a time when its social networking rivals are racing to promote more real-time sharing, Snapchat is turning its attention to the past. The company today introduced Memories, a way of saving and sharing old snaps in a private archive inside the main app. It’s a living, social camera …

Marvel’s New Iron Man Is a Black Woman

At the end of the Iron Man comic book series <i>Civil War II</i>, we'll say goodbye to Tony Stark and welcome Riri Williams as his female replacement. Our first question is this: Will she be called Iron Woman? And our second, slightly less important question is: What's with the crop top?<p>We're not sure how …